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Mushroom Coral, Purple Speckled
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Mushroom Coral, Purple Speckled (Actinodiscus sp. )
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Purple
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Origin Aquacultured, Indonesia, Tonga
Family Actinodiscidae/Discosomatidae
Lighting Moderate
Supplements Calcium, Strontium, Iodine, Trace Elements
Waterflow Medium
Placement All
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The Purple Speckled Mushroom Coral is an ornate, easier-to-care-for mushroom coral perfect for both novices and seasoned reef keepers. Featuring decorative, purple speckling upon a vibrant purple coloration, the Purple Speckled Mushroom Coral injects fantastic color to your reef aquarium landscape. Actinodiscus Mushroom Corals, also referred to as Mushroom Anemones and Disc Anemones, were previously classified under the genus called Discosoma. These corals are found in a wide variety of colors, textures, and patterns. Some are solid colors, whereas, others are striped or spotted. Striped varieties are typically green. The taxonomy of the various species is in a state of flux and will probably continue to change.

Similar in needs as other mushroom corals, the Purple Speckled Mushroom Coral is very easy to maintain in the reef aquarium, preferring a mature system with a low to medium light level combined with a low to medium water movement. The Purple Speckled Mushroom Coral is fairly forgiving when it comes to water quality as it prefers slightly nutrient-rich water. The Purple Speckled Mushroom Coral is semi-aggressive and requires adequate space between itself and other corals. It reproduces through longitudinal fission, but also can be easily propagated (fragged) by experienced reef hobbyists.

The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within the Purple Speckled Mushroom Coral satisfies the majority of its nutritional requirements from the light driven process of photosynthesis. The Purple Speckled Mushroom Coral also feeds on other nutrients and particulate matter and benefits from additional food in the form of micro-plankton or brine shrimp fed to each polyp of the colony.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2-1/4"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/4"; Large: 3" to 5"

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